Older and wiser?: a comparison of the learning and study strategies of mature age and younger teacher education students

Devlin, Marcia 1996, Older and wiser?: a comparison of the learning and study strategies of mature age and younger teacher education students, Higher education research and development, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 51-60.

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Title Older and wiser?: a comparison of the learning and study strategies of mature age and younger teacher education students
Author(s) Devlin, Marcia
Journal name Higher education research and development
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 51
End page 60
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 1996
ISSN 0729-4360
1469-8366
Summary 'Non-traditional' students are increasingly a part of university populations. This study examined differences between mature age and younger university students in their learning and study strategies as measured by the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI). Subjects were 21 mature age and 104 younger teacher education students enrolled in The Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) course at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Significant correlations were found between the students' LASSI scores and both their self-reported level of global skill and their perceptions of how difficult the course was. There were significant differences between the two groups in terms of their learning and study strategies, with mature age students reporting themselves to be using effective strategies more often, on average, than younger students. The validity and implications of these findings in terms of student learning, support and instruction in study and learning and in predicting academic success are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006692

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